Bookshelf: The Beatles Paperback Writer

2009, 350 p., Plexus Publishing (UK)

"The Beatles: Paperback Writer" collects the most illuminating interviews, articles, reviews, and essays on the rock icons, from contemporary accounts of the group's rise in 1962 to recent analyses of their enduring cultural legacy. The band's influence on the Baby Boomer youth culture and its descendants is discussed by figures from all places on the pop culture spectrum: mainstream reporters, rock journalists, cultural commentators, performers, and the band's acquaintances and friends. Provocative articles cover the Beatles' pop-redefining experimentation with song structure and recording techniques and their embracing of psychedelic drugs, hippie utopianism, and pacifism -- all set against the dramatic backdrop of the counterculture. Editor Mike Evans includes penetrating pieces on such fascinating byways as the right-wing claims that the group was communist and the "Paul is dead" myth. The band's acrimonious split and each member's disparate, post-Beatles path are also profiled in this book that's a must-have for any serious Beatles fan.

Arguments included:
John Lennon 1940-1980
Ray Connolly
A Twist of Lennon
Cynthia Lennon
The Arty Teddy Boy
Mike Evans
Art into Pop
Simon Frith and Howard Horne
John Lennon 1940-1980 (2)
Ray Connolly
A Cellarful of Noise
Brian Epstein
Beatle! The Pete Best Story
Pete Best and Patrick Doncaster
Why the Beatles Create All That Frenzy
Maureen Cleave
The Sound of the City
Charlie Gillett....

and many more...

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